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AGBU 1001: Agriculture Orientation

Agriculture Orientation is a freshman course with attention given to sharing of possible solutions to individual problems. Learning experiences also include exploration of anticipated collegiate experiences for departmental majors in addition to post-graduation opportunities. Student and faculty interaction is stressed.

AGBU 1013: Principles of Agricultural Business

Overview of the economic theories associated with the production, consumption, and marketing of agricultural products, and with the policies designed to achieve efficiency and welfare goals in agriculture.

AGBU 2063: Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics

Prerequisite: AGBU 1013

A study of macroeconomic variables that affect agriculture with emphasis on consumption, unemployment, inflation, government spending and taxes, investments, national income, and money and banking.

AGBU 2073: Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics

Prerequisite: AGBU 1013

A study of microeconomics variables that affect agriculture with emphasis on price determination, production, costs, income distribution, perfect and imperfect competition.

AGBU 3133: Intermediate Agricultural Macroeconomics

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073 or consent of instructor.

A study of macroeconomic theory and its application to the agriculture industry.

AGBU 3213: Career Development in Agriculture

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Study of the professional opportunities and responsibilities associated with agricultural business careers. Interaction with professionals in the chosen career along with development and improvement of written communication, oral communication, and leadership skills.

$20 laboratory fee.

AGBU 3993: Internship I in Agriculture

Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

A supervised, practical experience providing undergraduate agribusiness majors with a hands-on, professional experience in a position relating to an area of career interest. The student will work in a local cooperating agribusiness establishment under the supervision of a member of management of that firm. A minimum of 300 clock hours of supervision, maintain a weekly internship log and prepare a final report.

Note: Only three hours of Internship I in Agriculture may be used to satisfy the curriculum requirements for a B.S. degree in Agribusiness.

AGBU 4003: Agri-Business Management

Prerequisites: AGBU 1013, Junior standing, or consent of the instructor.

A study of the managerial practices and procedures that apply to all agriculture businesses. Emphasis is placed on the use and application of management and economic principles in decision making directed toward profit maximization.

AGBU 4013: Agricultural Marketing

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073, or consent of instructor.

A study of marketing functions, practice, organizational structure, legal aspects of agricultural marketing in relation to marketing policies, analysis of consumer behavior, and market demand.

AGBU 4023: Agricultural Finance

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073 and ACCT 2003

Designed as an economic and accounting study of the processes in agricultural businesses. Manufacturing costs, income tax, managerial reports, cash flow, and statement analysis of agricultural businesses along with capital allocation and the purpose and efficiency of agricultural lending institutions are analyzed.

AGBU 4033: Agricultural Policy

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073 or consent of instructor.

Designed as an introduction to historical and current federal governmental legislation in agriculture. Specific emphasis is placed on the logic, beliefs, attitudes and values of the American people coincident with the social, economic, and political environment, and on evaluating the objectives, means and the observed results through the criteria of resource allocation and income distribution in the agricultural sector of the economy.

AGBU 4043: Appraisal of Farm Real Estate

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073, or consent of instructor.

A practical application of principles and practices in farm real estate evaluation, emphasizing the processes of value development and uses.

AGBU 4053: Agricultural Price Analysis

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and 2073

Study of the trends, cycles, and seasonal patterns associated with agricultural markets and institutional arrangements. Graphical and statistical analysis of commodity data and the fundamentals of agricultural futures markets are covered.

AGBU 4063: Agricultural Investments

Prerequisites: AGBU 2063 and AGBU 2073, senior standing or consent of instructor.

An in-depth analysis of investment opportunities available in the field of agriculture. Emphasis will be on investment in stocks, bonds, agricultural commodities, futures hedging, and in international currencies. Students will be required to create and maintain a diversified investment portfolio with weekly monitoring of their chosen investments.

AGBU 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Agricultural Business and Economics

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out idependent research activity relating to a significant problem in major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

AGBU 4983: Internship II in Agriculture

Prerequisites: Internship I in Agriculture, approval of the department head, junior or senior standing, minimum of 2.5 GPA overall.

A supervised, practical experience providing undergraduate agribusiness majors with a hands-on, professional experience in a position relating to an area of career interest. The student will work in a local cooperating agribusiness establishment under the supervision of a member of management of that firm. A minimum of 300 clock hours of supervision, maintain a weekly internship log, prepare a final report and present at least a 15 minute seminar to the agriculture department.

Note: Only three hours of Internship II in Agriculture may be used to satisfy the curriculum requirements for a B.S. degree in Agribusiness.

AGBU 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in Agriculture

Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

One to four hours credit, depending on the nature and extent of the problem. This is a course designed to introduce qualified students to specific agricultural areas including Agribusiness, Animal Science, Horticulture, or Plant Science.

Note: only six hours of Special Problems in Agriculture may be used to satisfy the curriculum requirements for the B.S. degree in Agribusiness.